Effective January 15, 2016, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will not allow “parking” of an Airport Taxicab Operator’s Permit for any reason. Effective that date, Permits will expire on the date stamped on the permit, although there will be a 30 day grace period in which a permit can be renewed without submitting to the geography test. 

In addition, beginning with permits issued on January 15, 2016, a taxicab operator who fails to pick up patrons through the airport’s taxicab dispatch system at least 100 times during the permit’s term will not be allowed to renew the  permit upon the permit’s expiration.  This requirement will be prorated for existing permits – for a permit issued on January 15, 2015, the requirement will be 50 trips.

Any driver who has “parked” a permit with the Airport may re-apply without taking the geography test. You must submit a complete application to the Taxicab Permit Office by January 15, 2016. The application may be found on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority web site,, under Taxicab Driver Permit Application. 

For an application to be complete, it must consist of the written Permit Application, a current copy of your driving record, a copy of your vehicle registration, verification of insurance, a $100 dollar application fee and an $11 TSA fee. In addition, you must present your current Hack license (face card) for inspection. If you do not submit a complete application by January 15, 2016, or if either fee is not paid or is paid by check and the check is returned by the bank, the application will not be processed. In addition to the submission of a complete application, you must submit to a background check conducted by the TSA.  Your vehicle will be inspected to assure compliance with the requirements of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Regulations.

If you fail to obtain a permit because of failure to pass the background check administered by the TSA or because of failure to meet another standard for an Airport Taxi Operator’s Permit, you will not be entitled to return of the application or TSA fees. 

Questions about applying for an Airport Taxi Operator’s Permit and the status of applications should be directed to Amber Davis in the Airports Authority’s Taxi Permit Office at 703-417-0981.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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